Saturday, March 03, 2012

Left Side of the Aisle #46 - Part 4

Bradley Manning has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Bradley Manning, the US Army Private accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, appeared before a military judge at Fort Meade near Baltimore on February 24 to hear the formal reading of the charges against him. If convicted at his coming court-martial on all 22 counts, he could face life in prison.

He chose to defer his plea and a decision for trial by judge or jury until the case is continued in a couple of weeks.

The idea that the whole thing is a sham, a kangaroo court, was given credence by the insistence of the judge that she had no prior knowledge of the case whatsoever beyond Manning's name and that the case involved classified material.

On the other hand, someone not so reticent about their knowledge of the case is Barack Obama, who declared last April that Manning was guilty, that he "broke the law." So much for innocent until proven guilty for our Constitutional lawyer prez.

However, I really said all that to give me the excuse to say this: Bradley Manning is among this year's nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize. I really doubt he'll win - for one thing, there are 230 other nominees - but frankly I really hope he does.

Sources:
http://www.inthesetimes.com/ittlist/entry/12788/bradley_manning_arraignment/
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/feb/24/bradley-manning-quest-for-justice
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/27/nobel-peace-prize-2012-nominees_n_1303614.html
http://rt.com/news/manning-nobel-peace-prize-631/

2 comments:

DaisyDeadhead said...

GREAT POST, LARRY!

LarryE said...

Thanks. :-)

 
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